Geomorphs of the 16th century

Came across this neat little map yesterday on my wanderings …

I found the little gem HERE. Apparently, it is a map of Cholula in Mexico drawn in 1581. Not a bad method for generating a fantasy city. The map actually reminds me just a bit of Zak’s Vornheim – or at least of the illustrations of Vornheim that I have seen.

6 thoughts on “Geomorphs of the 16th century

  1. Great map. Those are elevations of each building on the block. So what you are looking at is not the top down view, but what the street looks like as you walk it. So to read it, you have to (in your mind) turn the map so the street is at the bottom, with the building elevation above. And then you have the big elevation of the churches.

    Its an old architects trick to describe what a street feels/looks like.


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